A group of green-fingered locals who tend the gardens at Widney Manor station, on London Midland's Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon route, were recognised on Monday with a special presentation ceremony.
For the past 11 years, members of the Soroptimist International (SI) Solihull and District, a global organisation which focuses on helping women and children to achieve their potential, have supported the planting displays at Widney Manor station.
With a grant from London Midland, the seven-strong team have re-composted the large platform planters and re-designed the planting, using pollinator-friendly flowering shrubs, complemented by summer bedding plants. The volunteers have also added a personal touch with cuttings from their own gardens, making for a beautiful array of colour.
The adoption of the station is a project of the SI Solihull and District ‘Green Group’, which aims to promote a greener and more sustainable environment for the local community. Environmental sustainability is also one of the main programme objectives of SI, as well as contributing to the United Nations sustainable development goals.
In recognition of their hard work, all group members and SI Solihull and District president, Elaine Stephens, were presented with an engraved plaque by Brenda Lawrence, London Midland’s head of Snow Hill services and customer service manager, Ian Taylor.
Lead adopter and SI member, Sue Mitchell, said: “Soroptimist InternationaI Solihull has been involved with the station since 2006. Working at the station is an extremely rewarding experience, especially seeing how much the community appreciate the work we do. Receiving a grant from London Midland has enabled us to complete far more than we would otherwise have been able to do and we've received a really warm reception from the team at the station.”
Faye Lambert, London Midland’s head of community rail, said: “The Widney Manor team are an inspiration to their community and we are delighted to have their support, and considerable gardening expertise, for Widney Manor station.
“When communities support stations in this way, they become welcoming gateways for customers. The extra presence provided by adopters also helps make them feel safer when travelling. Sue and her team are giving a great deal to their community through the pride they take in tending the station gardens.”
If you are proud of where you live and would like to adopt your local station, please get in touch with us at London Midland. All the information is available on our website www.londonmidland.com
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